Film Review: WHAT IF?…. (Hungary, Romance)

Hot with wit and hitting the ground running, WHAT IF…? Is a romantic drama from Hungary directed by Balazs Juszt. It follows a long-parted couple who now meet to pick up their children from dance class. The children they have with other people. The first part of their tale is the world where they recount what might have been- a romance they shared that died too soon, paths that parted too early and the fleeting promise of the world they could have had together. Sexy, witty and filled with sparkling dialogue the two dance the dance of lovers who knew each other once upon a time. The second half, however, shows what the world would be like for them had they stayed together. In this reality, their relationship is no less passionate, but it is ten times darker and more filled with tension. These are the lovers who have had their young love eroded away by a year after year of unaddressed problems.

WHAT IF is a story about never knowing the truth- but instead seeing the polar extremes of possibilities- the world of what might have been at odds with the world that was never meant to be. So what is the world are lovers really live in? What is their happy medium? That, is for the audience to decide.

Gripping, sensual and full to bursting with palpable emotion, WHAT IF…? Is a strong and engaging film. Spectacular performances make this film a powerhouse to watch.

Review by Kierston Drier

Film played at the 2018 ROMANCE Film Festival on Valentine’s Day in downtown Toronto, Canada

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WHAT IF…?, 14min., Hungary, Romance/Drama
Directed by Balazs Juszt

When it comes to relationships, everyone has a story. Whether it’s the one that is, the one that could have been or the one that never was meant to be – one thing is for certain: we can only tell after the fact, and then it’s too late. Then we’re left to wonder, what if…?

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Under 5min. Film: LAST CHANCE, 3min, Hungary, Drama/Sport

Played at the Under 5 Minute June 2017 Film Festival

LAST CHANCE, 3min, Hungary, Drama/Sport
Directed by Daniel FuzesWhat if you are a boxer, but you can’t fight back?

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Review by Kierston Drier

LAST CHANCE a three minute Hungarian drama, is a short that leaves you with philosophical questions lingering underneath it’s straight forward story. A boxer training for the professional world keeps getting into street fights- and he needs to stop, or he’ll lose his chance to advance in this field. But intercut with his boxing in the ring, is a fight in the street where he doesn’t punch back- and ends getting beaten up instead.

What is this piece trying to tell us? Is our character the victim of vicious attackers, or is there some long standing physical back-and-forth between this man and his assailants.

Beautifully shot and vividly cinematic, LAST CHANCE is a visual metaphor about picking your battles. It delivers to the very last frame.